Our Schools


Tumbleweed Infant House
The Infant House has 16 children ages 6 weeks to 3 years in cohorts with a primary care provider.
Contact us to get on the waitlist and schedule a visit.

Teachers

  
Emma Morrison-Cohen - Cohort 12 - children born between 8/2015 and 2/2016.
since 2014
Emma is a native Portlander whose first experiences working with children were as a babysitter and a camp counselor at an overnight camp on the Oregon coast.  Emma moved to New York City in 2005 to attend NYU.  Her time at college included multiple courses on teaching the arts, volunteering in a middle school theater class, and studying abroad in the Czech Republic.  Emma graduated with a degree in Drama in 2009.  She discovered her love of teaching at an arts-based preschool in Brooklyn, where she worked for several years before happily moving back to Portland.
 
 
Birgit Anderson - Cohort 14 in June 2017 – Children Born between 10/2016 and 3/2017
since 2014
Birgit earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin.  After graduation, Birgit worked on campus in a small center serving university staff, students and the greater community.  In 2010, Birgit moved to Portland and began work at Childswork Learning Center.  When not working and playing with children, Birgit is out hiking. backpacking and generally enjoying the beautiful Oregon scenery.

 


Samantha Green - Cohort 10 - children born between 12/2014 and 3/2015
since 2016
Samantha is a Portland Native who has been called to Early Childhood Education since being a child herself--from playing school with her siblings to summer jobs at in-home programs, to ECE education at Clackamas Community College to six years of work at Centers with her own classrooms of children ranging from infancy through five years, and now, finally, to Tumbleweed! 






Kailin Tutor – Cohort 13 – children born between 2/2016 and 8/2016
since 2016
Kailin Tutor graduated from PSU with a Bachelors of Arts in Child and Family Studies in 2011 and has worked almost exclusively the last ten years with young children in various capacities from classroom experiences to nannying. She has a deep understanding of the developmental needs of young children, enjoys working with parents of young children, as well as sharing the wonder of helping them discover the inherent joy and wisdom of their children. Kailin identifies strongly with the RIE and Reggio pedagogies and utilizes both in her work with young children,through which has developed her own philosophy of educating and guiding children. She enjoys hand crafts, gardening, and cooking in her spare time.

 


Tumbleweed Preschool House
Currently, our Preschool Cohort has up to 16 children aged 2.5-5 years. 
Contact us to get on the wait list and schedule a visit.

Teachers

  
Ashley Stieb
Since March 2015.
Ashley moved to Portland in 2011 from Reno, NV. She graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2009 with a degree in Women's Studies and a minor in Psychology. She has been working with children since 2008 and comes to Tumbleweed after working with toddlers at the Goddard School. In her free time she enjoys bicycling, hiking, reading, and wood burning.

Gretchen
Since 2016
Gretchen comes to Tumbleweed Preschool House after many years of experience with teaching, nannying, and caregiving. She grew up in Wisconsin and has a degree in music from Miami University (Ohio), where she also studied minors in disability studies and community-based leadership. She is passionate about disability and women's rights, and she is so grateful to be able to spend this part of her life in the PNW! In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, climbing, listening to interesting podcasts, and exploring new places.


Alexandria Blair
Since 2017

Alexandria graduated from Western Oregon University in 2010 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Early Childhood Education. She has had the opportunity to work with children ranging in age infant to 5 years of age in various classroom setting, including an Army base in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2010, Alexandria became a Pre-School Assistant at St. Cecilia’s School for 3 years. Opportunity came knocking on her door in 2013 when she began her career as an Intermediate (age 3-4) teacher at Touchstone School for 4 wonderful years, helping her notice that the incorporation of nature with play is a valuable tool to have when working and interacting with children. Alexandria has loved every minute of being an Early Childhood teacher and incorporating a more natural approach to teaching that lets the children learn through play and interactions with other children. In her free time you can find her on one of the many trails around Oregon with her dog and husband, relaxing in a coffee shop with a good book, or out exploring this beautiful city she calls home.

Support

  
Reiko Maeda – Substitute
Since 2011
Reiko was born and grew up in Yamaguchi, Japan where she taught English to children ranging from one year old through high school.  She graduated from University of Massachusetts with a Masters in American Studies and lives with her young child, step-daughter and husband in SE Portland.  




 

Jamie Horst
since 2017
Jamie earned her BA in Social Work from the University of Washington. Since graduation she has worked in a variety of settings including special education, social work, early childhood education, and disaster relief around the world. She is currently finishing her Masters in Public Health at OHSU. She enjoys working on her tiny house, growing food, and playing outside. 

 

 Leadership
 
 Briana Weber – Program Coordinator
Since 2008
Briana is mother to two young boys and earned her AMI Primary Teaching Certificate from Montessori Institute Northwest. Briana lives at the Preschool House. Currently Briana can be seen at both of our school locations as a parent liaison, supporting teachers and classrooms in their daily flow, or leading group work focusing on music, handwork or gardening. Check out Briana's thoughts on sharingan alternative to "I'm sorry,"  the benefits of riskstorytellingsupporting children's need for spacepotty training, our environment (part Ipart IIpart III), scaffolding (and an update)art, food (part Ipart IIpart III), outside provocationsgardeninglanguage progressionher own toddlernessRIEmesssupporting natural movements of infantsslugs, and transitions.


 

Amy Williams – Owner/Director
Amy's background includes work with HeadStart, Willamette University's Writing Center, OSU's Academic Success program, and then, once in Portland, as the Director of Growing Seeds and then the Director of ChildRoots.  Through two 10 day intensive RIE trainings (www.rie.org) and while shaping the vision of GS and CR, she developed her own vision, her own "dream school."  And in October 2008, the first Cohort of TIH made her dreams come true!  Amy also has two young children of her own and lives upstairs at the Infant House.
Check out Amy's thoughts on transitioning into care, fostering emotional competence, anti-teaching, the virtues of selfishness, empowerment through consistent limits, disagreements in the classroom, and identity work.